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September 4, 2020 – Samuli Seppänen

The keys on your laptop are the kind of item you don't pay any attention until you lose them. The "O" key came off from my Carbon X1 keyboard a few days ago. I was able to postpone the ultimate solution by a couple of days by just pushing the "O" back. But doing that five times a day got old soon. So, I took of another key - "I" - to figure out the correct alignment for the metal hooks that hold the plastic hinges in place. That was a good idea on paper except that I was able to break the hinge when installing the "I" back. After a failed attempt of gluing the hinge together with a generous amount of epoxy I gave up and decided to order replacement keys.

For this particular X1 model it was quite hard to find replacement keys, though I succeeded after going through all laptop key sellers Google and Duckduckgo could find. While waiting for two "I" and one "O" to arrive from Pennsylvania (7-21 days) I did what most people would do:

I kind of feel sorry for PrtSc key, because it has enabled me to collect an archive of accidental screenshots that I can go through in my rocking chair in my golden years to see what I did when I was still relatively young.

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